Greg Baum

Greg Baum

Greg Baum is chief sports columnist and associate editor with The Age

AFL

AFL considers first out, first pick national draft proposal

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Greg Baum Economist reviewed draft data as 16-team competition from 1997 to 2009 and modelled alternative.

AFL

We awaited the storm, but all we got were grey areas

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Greg Baum It was, memorably if not officially, the ''blackest day in Australian sport''.

Football

Essendon unveils new training facility

Essendon training facility

Greg Baum There's no other way of saying this: the way Essendon has grown between seasons, it is as if the club is on steroids.

AFL

The Buddy snatchers open a can of worms

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Greg Baum The Blues wrote the book on manipulation; the Swans merely digitalised it.

AFL

Hawks fans' luxury of losing count

Greg Baum A Hawthorn supporter can still be of working age, and claim to have seen 11 flags.

Thanks for the memories? Body language says it all for Buddy

Lance Franklin

Greg Baum Without saying a word, Lance "Buddy" Franklin bade farewell to Hawthorn on Sunday.

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AFL

Purple turns to puce as wayward Freo is left feeling green

AFL Grand Final 2013 MCG, Dejected Fremantle Dockers at the MCG. 28th September 2013 The Age Sport, Photo by Jason South.

Greg Baum Nat Fyfe marked brilliantly over Jarryd Roughead, kicked at a goal and missed everything.

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AFL

Coaching's exquisite agony

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Greg Baum At some point today, Alastair Clarkson and Ross Lyon will realise the day can only end at one end of the emotional scale.

AFL

In the script at Hawthorn, (P) is for premiership

Hawthorn open training

Greg Baum Waverley Park was (P) again on Thursday, and for Hawthorn that bodes well.

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AFL

Hypocrisy the other big Brownlow winner

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Greg Baum Here is an executive summary of the messages put out by the AFL this week.

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AFL

Second Brownlow, but Ablett still says dad is the best

Gary Ablett jnr and snr.

Greg Baum Both Gary Ablett and his illustrious father have a common source to thank: God

AFL

Loyalty in eye of the beholder

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Greg Baum Let's call him Lance, though it could be Dale or Dustin, or soon, your favourite footballer.

AFL

Hawks finally kill off the Kennett curse and live to play another day

Victory dance: Shaun Burgoyne (left) and Josh Gibson celebrate the Hawks' fighting win over Geelong and a grand final berth.

Greg Baum Hawks rise out of the ground like a ghost of their own devising to break the spell.

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AFL

Life of Brian

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 01:  Mitch Duncan of the Cats is congratulated by team mates after kicking a goal during the round one AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Geelong Cats at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 1, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Greg Baum Brian Lake wants to be remembered as a Bulldogs life member and Hawks premiership player.

Soccer

Bytes and bets transform a backwater into behemoth

Fairfax Media writer

Greg Baum Wiser as we all are to corruption in sport, why would anyone bet on it at all?

AFL

Swans limp into prelim as Carlton slip-slides away

Cheer, cheer the red and the white: Jude Bolton and Jesse White celebrate a Sydney goal against Carlton at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.

Greg Baum Once again Swans subvert recent course of football season, outlasting Carlton.

AFL

Slippery surface no problem for coaches

Sydney's Nick Malceski and Carlton's Dennis Armfield try to stay upright as they tussle for the ball.

Greg Baum Whatever tripped up Carlton, it was not the playing surface, averred coach Mick Malthouse.

AFL

Just like last week for Port, but it's only half as good

Joel Selwood and Paul Chapman celebrate a goal.

Greg Baum The great Port Adelaide adventure of 2013 lasted precisely 23½ games.

AFL

Big-time player takes his final curtain call

Alan Didak

Greg Baum Alan Didak didn't just kick goals, he made a production of them.

AFL

Shaw needs to be exorcised of his defensive demons

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Greg Baum Collingwood has many decisions to make about its list and its game plan.